Kim Jong Un’s Favorite All-Girl Pop Band May Be Headed To The Olympics

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may send his personal all-female pop band to the Olympics in South Korea.

During a second round of talks between the North and South at the border, North Korea agreed to send the 140-member Samjiyon Orchestra to South Korea for the Olympics. There is also speculation that the Moranbong band, the young North Korean despot’s favorite female propaganda pop band, will also attend, although the groups participation has not yet been officially announced.

Participation by the regime’s Moranbong Band stills “needs confirmation,” according to the South Korean Ministry of Unification.

Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the Moranbong Band, attended Monday’s talks, the second meeting since Kim called for dialogue between the North and the South in his New Year’s address. During the first meeting last Tuesday, North Korea agreed to send a large delegation of athletes, cheerleaders, and cultural performers to the Olympics.

North Korean cheerleaders, known as an “army of beauties,” are as famous as the Moranbong Band. (RELATED: North Korea To Send Athletes And Cheerleaders To The Winter Olympics)

Kim created the Moranbong Band in 2012 to sing his praises with hit songs like “We Call Him Father,” an ode to the North Korean leader, and “My Country Is The Best!” The music group has been referred to as North Korea’s version of the Spice Girls, a peculiar mixture of Korean pop music and totalitarianism.

The women, who perform in form-fitting military-style outfits, are supposedly handpicked by Kim for the group. Their repertoire is often packed with anti-South Korean and anti-American sentiment, which has led observers to question whether these performers would be welcome in South Korea.

Were the group to sing songs praising the Kim regime or celebrating North Korea’s military achievements, as it often does at home, it might cause a serious problem in the South.


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